Our trustees are responsible for legal, financial and personnel aspects of the organisation, and for deciding on policies and strategies. Trustees of Age UK Croydon form part of the volunteer body.
As a company limited by guarantee we submit reports to Companies House, and as a charity we must comply with the regulations of the Charity Commissioners. These two bodies call the organisation to account in financial and management terms to ensure that appropriate work is carried out.
An Annual Report is prepared for our Annual General Meeting each year, setting out the activities of the organisation and the audited balance sheet for the year.
- Chair of the Board of Trustees
- Member of Finance and Governance & Nominations Committees
International business roles for over 25 years, latterly in senior management positions in London, Paris, Istanbul and Munich.
Most recently, Deborah was Managing Director of the UK subsidiary of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, a German high technology telecoms and banking supplies company, with P&L accountability for £50m turnover, responsibility for the growth of the UK operation and management of the local senior leadership team. Deborah was also part of the international leadership team at the Munich-based headquarters.
Deborah’s earlier roles with G&D included Divisional Managing Director and Commercial Director. She was responsible for the successful start-up and early years development of subsidiaries in the UK, France and Turkey in both the banking supplies and insurance industries. Deborah began her career in Croydon at the head office of a food importing company which supplied the UK’s major supermarkets. Deborah is also a Trustee at Age UK London.
- Diploma & Certificate in Company Direction
- Diploma in Marketing (post graduate)
- Graduate Diploma in Languages & Business Studies
A native of the north-east, Deborah has (work assignments aside) lived in Croydon since 1984. She and her husband Patrick also have a home in France. In her spare time, Deborah enjoys skiing, cooking, gardening, books, good food and wine. She has an active interest in current affairs.
- Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
- Member of Governance & Nominations Committee
15 years experience in mainly national health charities.
Currently, Sam is Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Research UK. She leads the political strategy and influencing function of the charity to bring about faster, more accurate diagnosis and access to new treatments.
Sam has also worked for Alzheimer’s Society, Breast Cancer Now and Rethink Mental Illness in Senior Leadership roles.
She worked in the campaigns team at Age UK for 7 years influencing on a range of issues: the Equality Act, the Care Act and wider social care reform; malnutrition, footcare, and access to information and advice services.
At Age UK, Sam was also the Shop Steward of the trade union involved in negotiating terms and conditions for employees post-merger including restructures, office moves and HR policies.
- BSc in Environmental Policy
Sam is a local resident in Croydon, and in her spare time she is an avid baker and sometime runner of 10ks and half marathons
- Member of Finance Committee
- BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
- Chartered Management Accountant
15 years of experience as an accountant.
Oumesh started his practice 12 years ago as a Chartered Management Accountant in Croydon. Prior to that Oumesh did his training with accountancy firms in South London.
His practice provides accountancy and tax services to micro and small businesses in Croydon and South London.
Oumesh was born in Mauritius and went to University in Wolverhampton before moving to London. His hobbies include reading, cooking, football, formula 1 and technology advances.
- Member of the Board of Trustees
- Chair Governance & Nominations Committee
- MA Business & Public Sector Strategy
35 years' experience working in Health and Social Care, including Director level appointments.
In recent years, Brenda has worked for a number of London Local Authorities and the NHS, including in Croydon, where her work focused on developing integrated care services with local people which aim to improve their health and well-being. Throughout her career, a particular area of interest has been understanding different organisational cultures and strengthening relationships between professional groups which enable people to identify common ground and solutions to entrenched problems. Most recently, she has been working on improvements to patient experience and discharge planning at one of our London hospitals.
Brenda has had a long-term interest in end of life care issues from her time at Trinity Hospice in the 1980s. In recent years, she has contributed to policy development through the National Board for Palliative and End of Life Care, and has been a member of the London End of Lifecare Network since 2013.
Brenda was born in Deptford where she still lives. She is a Trustee of Lewisham Choral Society and is currently chair - trying to sustain members' motivation during Lockdown when both singing and gathering together are strictly off-limits. Not an easy task!
- Member of Finance Committee
Victor has worked within Health and Adult Social Care for the past 14 years. He has held various positions within the NHS and Local Government. He was, for 10 years, the patient representative on the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Screening Programme.
He currently works for London Borough of Croydon and he is responsible for the day to day management and direction of the Council's Placement Team. The Placement Team is responsible for sourcing, brokering, negotiating and placing adult residents of the Borough needing care in a residential/nursing care home or supported living sector.
Whilst in the public sector, Victor held positions with the Parliamentary Communications Ltd; the publishers of The House Magazine (The magazine of Houses of Commons and Lords) as well as Eurofone Ltd and Easy Everything.
- MA Diplomatic Studies
- BA (Hons.) Law & Politics
Victor enjoys writing poetry, short stories and political commentaries. When not writing or reading, Victor could be found enjoying his other favourite pastime, motorsports.
- Member of Governance & Nominations Committee
38 years experience in management roles, working in the civil service and in health regulation. Roles have included operational management, project management, internal consultancy and policy development.
Before becoming an AUKC trustee Alan was a primary school governor in Croydon for 16 years, including 8 years chairing governing boards.
Originally from Devon Alan has lived in Croydon since 1988. In his spare time Alan is a keen sports fan (cricket, football and rugby in particular) and enjoys walking and reading (though not at the same time) and the cinema.
He also mentors students at his former university to help them think through career options.
- Interim Chief Executive Officer (joined Feb 2020, expected leave date 8 Jan 2021)
- Chartered Accountant
Jill has 35 years commercial experience as a finance professional and stepped down from full time work in April 2018. Jill’s last role was Vice President, Tax and Treasury at King Games, responsible for a $1.3bn investment portfolio, global treasury matters and international tax strategies. During her career she has worked for PwC, Diageo, EMI Group and latterly King Games as it went from a small games company to the world leading casual games company following the success of Candy Crush.
She has had board and finance committee experience across a range of multinational companies and in the not for profit sector was Treasurer of Age UK Croydon from April 2010 to November 2017.
Prior to starting her current role at Age UK Croydon Jill provided bespoke tax services to a number of small start up games companies together with mentoring finance managers in a number of charities.
Jill is also Treasurer for The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, a charity helping thousands of people every year to move away from, and stay off, the streets of London.
Jill moved to Croydon in 1987 and has lived in West, East and now is in Purley in South Croydon. She is married to Bill, a fellow Chartered Accountant and has two adult children, Emily and James. Having left full time work in early 2018 Jill has spent time travelling and volunteering abroad including 3 months developing a social enterprise in Phnom Penh with a small local charity. As well as international travel Jill spends her time leading a guide unit in Kenley and is the Girlguiding Croydon International Advisor.
Since graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2013 with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies BA Hons Rebecca has had a vast amount of experience within the fundraising - charity sector in and outside of her professional career. As well as volunteering she has worked at charities such as Parkinson’s UK, the British Heart Foundation and most recently as a Relationship Fundraiser for the South East of England at the Stroke Association.
Rebecca also founded Pamperaid at the beginning of this year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a non-profit Community Interest Company Pamperaid supports the mental health and wellbeing of UK Causes such as NHS, care teams, community groups and charities by providing pamper care boxes with the support of businesses and brands across the country and this continues to grow.
Rebecca grew up in South East London, As well as a love for the arts and theatre Rebecca enjoys cooking and baking and continues to volunteer where she can.
- Member of Finance Committees
Katie is responsible for leading the corporate team at Coast to Capital to deliver its communications, stakeholder engagement, governance and corporate services including HR and finance.
Prior to joining Coast to Capital in June 2017, Katie led a team of trade association managers, technical experts, communications, events and administration support staff to deliver full secretariat services to five trade associations in the construction sector in her role as Trade Association Director at Build UK. This followed a career working both in and with Government and membership organisations to deliver change in policy, legislation and industry practice.
- BSc Economics
Katie currently lives in Haywards Heath with her partner. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, in particular open water swimming in the sea.
Opama is the Head of Digital Place at Croydon Council. Her role is to enhance the borough through digital innovation, technology and infrastructure improvements to create a more efficient, sustainable place.
Opama leads the digital connectivity and smart city programme in Croydon, supports growth and investment into Croydon’s tech sector as well as digital skills education and inclusion support for residents.
Opama’s career has spanned corporate finance, management consultancy and investment management within the international corporate real estate sector, as well as inward investment and economic development.
Join our Team of Trustees
There are times when we require new members of the board. Any vacancies are displayed in the Volunteering section of this website.
Elections are held annually in the Autumn at the Annual General Meeting. You will be especially welcome if you have marketing, fundraising, PR or IT skills; if you represent the interests of a minority ethnic group, or have the interests of older people at heart.
If you are interested in joining the board as a trustee, please contact:
Age UK Croydon 81 Brigstock Road Thornton Heath CR7 7JH
Tel: 020 8683 7100
Fax: 020 8683 0571